Short Blurb or Synopsis

Saint Wolfgang and the Devil by Michael Pacher...
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On the NaNoWriMo site, there’s a page on which us would be novel writers can summarize our novel.

It has a slot for the title.  Easy, Devil’s Blood.  Check.

Novel genre?  Well, there are options for historical fiction, mystery/thriller/suspense and fantasy, but not historical/fantasy/murder-mystery fiction.  Hmmm, I’ll pick fantasy.  A human-sized bat flying around the Spanish country side sounds fantastical to me.  Check.

Short synopsis of novel?  😮

What?  Already?  I read about how important the short synopsis is, and how I should have a prepared one-sentence summary as well as a proposed back cover blurb, the one page synopsis and even a five-page plot summary in addition to whatever you pitch in a query letter, but already I have to come up with something?  I’m not finished!

Okay.  Here it goes.  Off the top of my head.

Andreas, a zoographer by trade, hunts for la murcielaga, the bat.  A bat rumored the size of a human, Andreas promises his father to capture it in the hopes of bringing prestige and money to their family as they heed King Ferdinand and Queen Isabela’s Jewish expulsion order from Spain in 1492.  Not knowing what to expect when he reaches the steep Pyrenees mountains, the murdered, blood-drained husks of girls soon side tracks his efforts, making him wonder if finding the creature is worth losing his life.  As he struggles to save himself, he finds he may have to look beyond his own needs to achieve his goals.

Or something like that.  Whadda ya think?

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One thought on “Short Blurb or Synopsis

  1. Rewrite:
    Andreas, a zoographer by trade, hunts for la murcielaga, a bat rumored the size of a human. Promising his father to capture it in the hopes of bringing prestige and money to their family as they heed King Ferdinand and Queen Isabela’s Jewish expulsion order from Spain in 1492, Andreas travels north to Bergá. Not knowing what to expect when he reaches the steep Pyrenees mountains but surely not the murdered, blood-drained husks of girls, he soon gets caught up in the hunt for the killer. As he endures imprisonment, false accusations, a fight for his life, and an inquisition, he wonders if finding the creature is worth it. As he struggles to save himself, he finds he may have to look beyond his own needs to achieve his goals.

    I’m gonna go with that until I think of something better. 🙂

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